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Guitar Talk In General / Re: New Lower Prices on Epiphone
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:00:44 AM »
You can buy used guitars in guitar stores....I got my acoustic used in a guitar store...and it's great; and I got a nice Ibanez bass in a guitar store...brand new it was $300 and I got it used for $125.

Guitar Talk In General / Re: Guitar Pro for you guys
« on: March 23, 2011, 02:55:03 AM »
Once you have GuitarPro, and you need to upgrade, what do they charge for the upgrade? How often are they upgrading this software?

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Re: turnaround number 3
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:33:10 AM »
Tab really helps...sometimes it's hard to see what fret you are on, even though you are very clear...and it's hard to write out the tab with a pen on tab paper which I often do...so I won't forget it.

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Re: Memorizing a whole song
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:31:20 AM »
   A friend took me out to the House of Blues to see Lucinda Williams-that was a treat. It was very interesting. We stood 15 feet away from her.   She played all open chords and sang, and had an amazing drummer, bass player, and a whiz of a lead guitar player. It was a good show. By the time they came on, the place was crowded...so we were lucky we stood where we were early...we were there before the opening act came out. 
   Lucinda Williams has won 3 grammies. I found it interesting that she had a lyrics book beside her...but she had it low to the left, and she turned each page as she went through the songs...funny...I've done that but I am working hard to memorize my songs now. the awful part is it's easy to forget the first line of a verse...so if you have to glance at the paper...you get the 1st line your are golden...she has it there just in case.  I hate forgetting lyrics. I've been trying to memorize the Thrill is Gone, a very simple song, but it's the last line of the verses that I forget on that song. Years ago I saw Billy Joel perform and he had a computer with the lyrics scrolling on the screen...interesting.  Barbara Streisand once forgot her lyrics and had such stage fright I think for years she wouldn't perform.
    Lucinda Williams is not a spring chicken, and it was refreshing to see a mature woman leading a band, making great music, and having a core of loyal fans.
    From now on as I take each song out to do I am going to memorize it.
    I don't know why it's easier for me to memorize licks than it is to memorize lyrics. It just takes hardcore repetition and then playing it over and over without the paper in front of you. Now I practice with the paper there but I turn away from the paper...and see which songs I can keep playing without looking at the paper.

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Re: turnaround number 3
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:19:54 AM »
Thank you!

Dolphinstreet Lessons / Re: That Hendrix Chord explained
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:08:08 AM »
That bar chord is getting easier and easier to do....yeah

Dolphinstreet Lessons / Re: My fingers hurt (Along the Watchtower)
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:07:10 AM »
When I got that tendonitis I had that attitude...I am gonna learn this or else, I pushed too hard and too long, then couldn't even control my fingers...doctors told me to tape my fingers together for 6 weeks...(I didn't do that but had to greatly reduce anything I did with those fingers) so just saying....practice it a little everyday....don't hurt your fingers like I did!

Introduce Yerself! / Hello
« on: March 11, 2011, 01:02:00 AM »
Hello from Boston Massachusetts. I play guitar, a little mandolin, and sing.

Well this is great I understand why it works...and yeah...I also wondered because it's G major and not G minor...but it makes perfect sense. I chatted about this with another guitar player today. 

Dolphinstreet Lessons / Re: My fingers hurt (Along the Watchtower)
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:52:52 PM »
What guage strings do you use? My fingers don't hurt but I have very strong callouses. My fingers used to hurt me when I started busking and playing more than 6 hours a day but now they don't hurt any more.  At one time I got tendonitis in my ring finger from trying to do the Chuck Berry thing and I strained that finger, kept playing, then I couldn't move my ring finger and had to stop playing for awhile...then I sang to a CD player on the street.  Be careful not to get a repetitive stress injury. I know one guitar player who plays 12 hrs a day and has serious tendonitis that he can't get rid of and he has to tape his baby finger.

Is it your fingertips hurt.....or are your fingers aching.  Don't push too hard that you get an injury.

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Question on those Hendrix chords
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:30:20 AM »
Okay...when you play the Hendrix chords video....and that great E7#9 chord....and then those 2 bar chords...in key of E, why is it that in this progression, the G major chord works so well....the chords are E7#9, G, and A.

Yes it makes sense now. Thank you!  Yes I kinda understand what modes are...haven't played them in a long time but I know what they are.  8)

Now Creekster that quote from Miles Davis sounds right on!

Yeah I am always embarrassed when I see a kid wailing on a guitar. In fact that was why I guit 20 years ago...I saw a 12 year old tearing it up on a stage...and I quite after that...thought I was wasting my time.

I quit (in disgust and frustration) for 17 years than came back to it.  Glad I came back!

Guitar Talk In General / Re: Before Your Time?
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:03:06 PM »
I was born in the 50s and like mostly 60s 70s music but have expanded to 80s 90s 2000s.  There is some good music out there. Much popular music today I don't care for so I have to look for what I like, but there is some.  I have 2 younger friends (28 and 33) who play in a band and they like classic rock and reggae 60s and 70s music so you are not that alone. You should be able to find folks who like what you like...but maybe it depends on where you live...I live in/near a Metropolitan city where there is a big music scene. There are young people who like the old music you just have to find them...

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